The Lhasapoo is a dog who can leap miniature buildings in a single bound, who has the strength of 100 hummingbirds and the speed of a very slow baby carriage. This cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Miniature Poodle may not be Superman, but he’s the best of the best in looking cute.
Now, looking cute is not as superficial nor as easy as you think. It’s a full-time job, and the pressure can get to a Lhasapoo just like the bright lights can get to a supermodel. And that’s what the Lhasapoo is — a supermodel dog, in more ways than one.
Lhasapoos are not only super cute, they’re super clean, super smart, and super companions. These dogs are very adaptable as long as they’re with their owners. They tend to bond tightly with one person, but are definitely also part of the whole family. The Lhasapoo is very loving and loyal toward those he knows, and gets along with other pets. His size and calm demeanor make him an excellent apartment dog, though he does love to romp and play.
Lhasapoos apparently inherit the intelligence of the Poodle, and they are very easily trained. Sometimes, however, a Lhasapoo can be stubborn (perhaps they feel their royal blood gives them the right to disobey the commoners), but patient training can overcome this.
Though this hybrid is adaptable to new situations with his human by his side, the Lhasapoo may be timid about things like being left at the groomer or doggie daycare. He may also be wary of strangers and can act snooty (yes, dogs can be snooty). The best way to handle his timidity and occasional antisocial tendencies is to start obedience training early. It’s also helpful to use desensitizing strategies, which will help him get used to new environments over time.
Some Lhasa Apsos have silky long fur that sweeps the ground — and a little bow keeping their bangs out of their faces. Others get a short haircut. The Lhasapoo sort of meets both looks halfway. His solid-colored or multicolored fur is most often short and wavy, though it can be straighter and a bit longer. The Lhasapoo is a well-proportioned dog with even features and a sturdy stance. He runs 10 to 20 pounds.
Dogster readers: Do you have a Lhasapoo in your life? Tell us what they’re like to live with in the comments!